A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is a challenging and rewarding position in the healthcare industry. With the elderly population increasing, the demand for CNAs continues to grow. A Certified Nursing Assistant’s main role is to provide basic care to patients, as well as to assist them in daily activities that they might have trouble with on their own. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting with personal hygiene, feeding, bathing, making patient beds, and taking vital signs. Because of the intimate nature of the job, CNAs should be compassionate and enjoy helping others. If you have these qualities and are looking for a gratifying career, a Certified Nursing Assistant might be the right choice for you!

CNA Training in Arizona – Requirements and Program

The Arizona State Board of Nursing does not have a minimum age for CNAs. However, the Arizona Department of Health Services requires that workers be at least 16 years old if they provide direct care in long­term care facilities. In addition, many CNA programs in Arizona require a high school diploma or GED in order to enroll in their program.

There are over 60 Board Certified Training Programs in the state of Arizona located at colleges, high schools, nursing homes, and independent facilities. These programs have varying prices and schedules so be sure to choose the one that best fits your needs and lifestyle. All CNA training programs in Arizona are at least 120 hours with a focus both on classroom curriculum and clinical training. For a complete list of current Board Certified Training Programs, click HERE.

Certified Nursing Assistant training is where you will receive the skills and knowledge necessary for you to pass the CNA Written and Manual Skills Test as well as to become a successful Nursing Assistant. Some of the skills you will learn include applying bandages, proper thermometer use, blood pressure readings, ambulating patients, and showering patients.

CNA Written and Manual Skills Test

Once you complete your Board Certified Training Program in Arizona, you are ready to sign up for the examination. The test consists of both a written portion and a skills portion. The Written Exam is made up of approximately 75 questions which you will have 90 minutes to complete. You must have a score of 75% or higher to pass the knowledge portion of the exam. Questions are selected from subject areas based on the approved Arizona test plan and include questions from all the required categories as defined in OBRA regulations.

Written Exam Subject Areas:

Infection Control
Data Collection
Personal Care
Basic Nursing Skills Mental Health
Role and Responsibility
Care Impaired
Disease Process
Resident Rights
Older Adult Growth & Development
Perineal Care
Bed Pan & Output

The Manual Skills portion of the test allows test facilitators to witness your hands on nursing skills. You will be assigned the task  or the task and an additional three randomly selected tasks from the list below for you to perform on your Skill test. You will be given forty minutes to complete the four tasks. For the skills exam, candidates are required to score a minimum of 80% on each task without missing any key steps.

Manual Skills Subject Areas:

Ambulation with Gait Belt
Ambulation With Walker
Applying an Antiembolic Stalking
Bedpan and Output
Bed Bath
Blood Pressure
Denture Care
Dressing Bedridden Patient
Feeding Dependent Patient
Fluid Intake
Isolation Gown and Gloves Mouth Care Mouth Care of Comatose Patient
Making an Occupied Bed
Perineal Care Female
Positioning Patient on Side
Range of Motion Knee and Hip
Range of Motion Shoulder
Pivot Transfers
Vital Signs

After successfully completing CNA classes in Arizona, you must pass both the Written and Manual Skills portion of the test in order to pass the exam. The 2014 Arizona average first­time pass rate for the Written Exam was 86% and the Manual Skills Exam was 79%. These high passing rates show the quality of the training programs in Arizona.

After you have successfully completed both the Written Test and the Skill Test components, your test results will be sent to the Arizona Board of Nursing. If you fail either part of the exam, you must reapply to retake the one portion that you failed. Procedures for reapplying and test results are included in a failure notification letter which is mailed to you. You are eligible to test as many times as needed within 2 years of the date that you completed your CNA classes in Arizona. After two years, you must complete an additional Board approved training program in order to be eligible to retake the exam.

CNA Registry Requirements

Once you complete your Arizona CNA Training Program and pass both portions of the exam, you must undergo a criminal background check before you can work as a Certified Nursing Assistant in Arizona. For those applicants with a prior felony conviction, the Board must receive proof that five or more years have gone by since the date of absolute discharge of the felony. “Absolute discharge” from the sentence means completion of any sentence including imprisonment, probation, parole, community supervision or any form of court supervision. The Board considers applicants with felony convictions over five years from the date of absolute discharge on a case­-by­-case basis.

Once you have completed all necessary paperwork and meet all requirements, you will be placed on the Arizona Certified Nursing Assistant Registry and you can begin work!

CNA Renewal

Nursing Assistant certificates are valid for two years in the state of Arizona and must be renewed at that time. The Board will send you information regarding how to renew your license. It is important that you always keep your mailing information current so that you receive all important paperwork from the Board. The renewal process takes about three to four weeks so make sure to get the paperwork submitted in a timely manner so there is no disruption in your certification. You may also choose to renew your license online which you can find out more about HERE.

The Board does not require that you have any continuing education hours to renew your certification. However. the federal government requires that CNAs working in long term care facilities, home health, or hospice agencies have twelve hours of continuing education per year. Your employer may also have additional educational requirements.

Now all you need to do is find CNA classes in Arizona and get started!

CNA Job and Salary Data for Arizona Cities

Urban Area Employed CNA’s Hourly Mean Wage Salary Range 10% – 90%* CNA Employment Per 1,000 Jobs
Flagstaff 260 $15.19 $10.85 – $21.27 4.52
Lake Havasu City – Kingman 270 $12.73 $10.01 – $16.11 6.08
Phoenix – Mesa – Scottsdale 8,730 $14.21 $10.80 – $18.04 4.65
Prescott 470 $13.57 $10.48 – $17.08 8.10
Sierra Vista – Douglas 100 $12.37 $8.62 – $17.51 2.84
Tucson 2,370 $13.11 $10.32 – $15.87 6.65
Yuma 510 $12.30 $9.79 – $15.08 8.33
Mohave Community College P O Box 980, Colorado City, AZ 86021

Mohave Community College, which is accredited by the state of Arizona, has four different campuses as well as online training. The Colorado City campus provides full continuing education opportunities for students who wish to attend. Students who attend the certified nursing assistant program at the college must complete six credit hours of classes.

Website: http://www.mohave.edu

Mohave Community College – Yuma – Main 3400 Highway 95, Bullhead City, AZ 86442

Located in Bullhead, the Mohave Community College at Yuma is the main campus for this school system. All classes and certifications available through the college are accredited so that students may choose to transfer credits in many situations. The certified nursing assistant program requires one six-hour class so that students will be prepared to take the state assessment exam.

Website: http://www.mohave.edu/pages/205.asp

Yavapai Community College 1000 East Sheldon Street Prescott, Prescott, AZ 86301

Located in Prescott, the Yavapai Community College believes in preparing as many students as possible to enter the workforce with the training and education they need. A nursing assistant program at the school requires all students to provide health records and proof of immunizations before they may enroll. The course includes 16 weeks of classwork and clinicals hours.

Website: https://www.yc.edu/v5content/academics/divisions/sciences-and-health/

Glendale Community College 6000 W. Olive Ave., Glendale, AZ 85302

Glendale Community College is located in Arizona. This school is approved by the state of Arizona to provide different levels of training, including associate’s degrees, technical certifications, and adult education options. The Maricopa Nursing Assistant Program requires six credit hours, which are completed through three classes available on campus before students may take the assessment exam.

Website: http://www.gccaz.edu/academics/departments/nursing/NA-CNA

Pima Community College 4905 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85709

Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, is a fully accredited school in the Arizona Community College System. The school offers a whole system of learning options, including credit programs and degrees, adult education, continuing education, and non-credit certifications. The college offers a nurse training associates degree as well as a nurse aide certification course.

Website: https://www.pima.edu/index.html

Gila Community College/Eastern Arizona College Gila Pueblo 8274 Six Shooter Canyon Rd., Globe, AZ 85502

Gila Community College in Eastern Arizona provides educational opportunities to students who live in all of Gila County. The campus itself is located in Globe and is accredited through the Arizona Community College System. Students may choose from a variety of associate’s degree options. Students may pursue a nursing assistant certification, which requires 16 credit hours of classwork.

Website: http://www.gilaccc.org

Scottsdale Community College 9000 East Chaparral Road Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Scottsdale Community College in Arizona is a unique campus. The vast majority of the school has made the decision to do something good for the environment and go green through recycling, less waste, and renewable energy. The health sciences department handles all types of nursing training at the school, including the CNA program.

Website: http://www.scottsdalecc.edu/

Mesa Community College 1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202

Mesa Community College is actually a part of the Maricopa County Community College System and it has been in operation for more than 50 years, providing associate’s degrees as well as work ready certifications. The college offers a certified nursing assistant program to students who are new to the field as well as a CNA refresher course for students who need only to retake the assessment exam.

Website: https://www.mesacc.edu/

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CNA Training Class Locations in Arizona (AZ)

The following is a list of state approved CNA Training Centers in Arizona:

Cities in Arizona:

Apache Junction | Avondale | Bullhead | Bullhead City | Chandler | Coolidge | Cottonwood | Flagstaff | Fountain Hills | Glendale | Globe | Kingman | Mesa | Nogales | Page | Parker | Payson | Peoria | Phoenix | Prescott | Prescott Valley | Rio Rico | Scottsdale | Sierra Vista | Tempe | Thatcher | Tucson | Windslow | Youngtown | Yuma

  • City
  • CNA Training Center
  • Street Address
  • Phone Number

Apache Junction

Central Arizona College-Apache Junction-Main

273 Old West Highway Apache Junction, Apache Junction, AZ 85119



SouthWest Skill Center-Estrella Mountain Community

3000 North Dysart Road Avondale, Avondale, AZ 85392



Legacy Rehab.-Care Center (aka Silver Ridge)

2812 Silver Creek Rd., Bullhead, AZ 86442


Bullhead City

Mohave Community College-Yuma-Main

3400 Highway 95, Bullhead City, AZ 86442


Bullhead City

River Gardens Rehab-Care Center, The

2150 Silver Creek Rd., Bullhead City, AZ 86442



Basha High School

5990 South Val Vista Drive, Chandler, AZ 85249



Chandler High School

350 North AZ Avenue Chandler, Chandler, AZ 85225



Hamilton High School

3700 S. AZ Avenue Chandler, Chandler, AZ 85248



Perry High School

1919 East Queen Creek Rd, Chandler, AZ 85297



Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology

1789 W. Coolidge Avenue, Coolidge, AZ 85128



Mingus Union High School

1801 East Fir Street, Cottonwood, AZ 86326



Coconino Community College

2800 S. Lone Tree Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001



College America Flagstaff

3012 Historic U.S. 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86004


Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills High School

16100 East Palisades Boulevard, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268



Deer Valley High School

18424 North 51st Avenue Glendale, Glendale, AZ 85308



Glendale Community College

6000 W. Olive Ave., Glendale, AZ 85302



Life Care Center of North Glendale

13620 North 55th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85304



Gila Community College/Eastern Arizona College Gila Pueblo

8274 Six Shooter Canyon Rd., Globe, AZ 85502



Gardens Rehab.-Care, The

3131 Western Ave., Kingman, AZ 86401



Lingenfelter Center, The

1099 Sunrise Avenue, Kingman, AZ 86401



Arizona Medical Training Institute f/k/a RSAA Training

1530 North Country Club Drive #11 Mesa, Mesa, AZ 85201



EVIT Adult Evening NA Training Program

1601 West Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85201



Mesa Community College

1833 West Southern, Mesa, AZ 85202



Pima Medical Institute-Main St., Mesa-Main

4905 E. Broadway Blvd., Mesa, AZ 85709



Sun Valley High School

1143 South Lindsay Road Mesa, Mesa, AZ 85204



Pierson Vocational High School

451 North Arroyo Boulevard Nogales, Nogales, AZ 85621



Coconino Community College/Page

475 S. Lake Powell Blvd, Page, AZ 86040



Page High School

P.O. Box 1927, Page, AZ 86040



Arizona Western College La Paz Campus

601 W. 11th Street, Parker, AZ 85344



Gila Community College/Eastern Arizona College Payson

201 North Mud Springs Rd., Payson, AZ 85547



Medstar Academy

14100 North 83rd Avenue Peoria, Peoria, AZ 85381



Sun Grove Village Care Center

20625 North Lake Pleasant Road, Peoria, AZ 85382



Sunrise Mountain High School

21200 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85382



Accord Healthcare Institute

6049 North 43rd Avenue Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ 85019



Alhambra High School

3839 W. Camelback Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85019

602-764-6022 ext 64110


Cactus Wren Training Program, LLC

10640-28th Dr-C107, Phoenix, AZ 85029



College America Phoenix

9801-Metro Pkwy E, Phoenix, AZ 85051



Desert Winds Training Institute

1301 E. Washington St. Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85034



Glendale Union High School District@Thunderbird High

7650 North 43rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85301



LAM and Associates School of Nursing Assistants

8900 N. Central, Phoenix, AZ 85020



Life Care Center at South Mountain

1661-Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016



Metro Tech High School

1900 West Thomas Road Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ 85015



Paradise Valley High School

3950 E. Bell Road Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ 85032



Phoenix College-Phoenix-Main

1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013



Phoenix Job Corps Center

518 South 3rd Street Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ 85004



Providence Training Institute

9189-59th Ave-2, Phoenix, AZ 85302



Arizona Pioneer’s Home

300 S. McCormick St., Prescott, AZ 86303



Good Samaritan Society-Prescott Village

1030 Scott Dr., Prescott, AZ 86301



Yavapai Community College

1000 East Sheldon Street Prescott, Prescott, AZ 86301


Prescott Valley

Bradshaw Mountain High School West

6000 East Long Look Drive Prescott Valley, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314


Prescott Valley

Yavapai Healthcare Academy

7749 E. Florentine Rd, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314


Rio Rico

Rio Rico High School

1374 West Frontage Road Rio Rico, Rio Rico, AZ 85648



Adult Care Learning Systems, Inc

3225 North 75th Street Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ 85251



Saguaro High School

6250 N. 82nd Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85250



Scottsdale Community College

9000 East Chaparral Road Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ 85256


Sierra Vista

Cochise College-Sierra Vista Campus-Main

901 North Colombo Avenue-Sierra Vista, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635


Sierra Vista

Horizon Health Care Institute-Sierra Vista-Main

555-Wilcox Dr-B Sierra Vista, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635



Brookline College

1140-1150 S. Priest Drive, Tempe, Arizona 85281



SEVEN Healthcare Academy

2405 East Southern Avenue Tempe, Tempe, AZ 85282



Eastern Arizona College-Thatcher Campus

615 North Stadium Avenue Thatcher, Thatcher, AZ 85552



Caregiver Training Institute-Tucson-Main

1940-Silverlake Road, Tucson, AZ 85713



Fred G. Acosta Job Corps

901 South Campbell Avenue Tucson, Tucson, AZ 85719



Pima Community College

4905 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85709



Pima County Joint Technical Education District-8727 E. 22nd

2855 West Master Pieces Drive Tucson, Tucson, AZ 85741



Tucson College

5151 East Broadway Boulevard #155 Tucson, Tucson, AZ 85711



Northland Pioneer College

1001 W Deuce of Clubs, Show Low, AZ

(800) 266-7845


Trendsetters CNA Academy

12600 N 113th Ave # C6, Youngtown, AZ 85363



Arizona Western College

P.O. Box 929, Yuma, AZ 85366



Kofa High School

3100 S. Avenue A, Yuma, AZ 85364



Regional Center for Border Health, Inc.-Yuma-Main

214 W. Main Street, Yuma, AZ 85350